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At what age does a child start primary school (Reception class..?)

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nopainnogain Mon 15-Sep-08 20:55:48

We live abroad and I just wanted to check when normal full time school starts in England. Can anyway let me know how it works please?

nopainnogain Mon 15-Sep-08 20:56:55

Sorry about that..

MerlinsBeard Mon 15-Sep-08 20:57:08

4 but officially they don't have to start until the term after their 5th birthday

nowwearefour Mon 15-Sep-08 20:57:32

the september before your child's 5th birthday. (or the september after your child's 4th birthday). if they turn 4 from sep 08 to aug 09 they will start in sep 09. applications now for that school year. hope that helps.

malfoy Mon 15-Sep-08 20:58:13

DS - 4 last July- starts tomorrow.

Hulababy Mon 15-Sep-08 20:58:48

Legally a child has to be in education (school or otherwise) by the term after they turn 5y.

In most state schools in England, children start school in teh year they turn 5. Many schools have one intake - so all children start in the September before they are 5. Some have a two intake system, so children born after Mar 31 and before Sep 1 start nt he January before they turn 5.

nopainnogain Mon 15-Sep-08 21:03:21

Thanks everyone! Good to know!

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